Love this one!
Early Reviews for This Much Is True…And what readers are saying is the biggest reward of all…
“…Just loved this story line, incredible love story with angst, emotions, heartbreak and the power of true love.” Amazon ★★★★★
“…Loved This Much Is True! Katherine Owen tells the story of Tally with great sensitivity and wisdom.” Amazon ★★★★★
“…If you enjoyed Not To Us and When I See You, expect to love This Much Is True.” Amazon ★★★★★
“…If you’re looking for something a little different, something that will frustrate you as well as break your heart from start to finish, while also making you envy the possibility that a love-bond that unbreakable could truly, possibly exist out in the real world… “This Much Is True” by Katherine Owen definitely fits that bill.
This much is true: no matter how much of a book slump you’ve been in lately, you will definitely feel something if you attempt to read this story… And chances are, more than likely, you’ll be just as much in love with both Tally and Linc, as you are infuriated by them… I hope that helps!” Amazon ★★★★★
And this one which takes down the rating to a reasonable 4.2 of 5
Way out there too many lose ends with things that happen.
I had to stop reading and step away with the bad storyline…” signed Bad Ending ★
Katherine Owen’s long-awaited, fourth novel, This Much Is True, has just been released!!!
Fate brings them together
Fame & Lies keep them apart
One truth remains…
She’s become the Paly High girl with the most tragic story… At 17, Tally Landon just wants to graduate and leave for New York to pursue ballet. Her best friend Marla convinces her to attend one last party—a college party—where she can be among strangers and escape the whisperings about her tragic loss that follows her everywhere she goes. She meets Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s famous baseball wonder and has a little fun at his expense when she lies about her age and who she really is intent on being someone else for the night and escaping her tragic story.
His only focus is baseball, but he can’t forget the girl he saved on Valentine’s Day… At 22, Lincoln Presley’s star is on the rise—about to finish at Stanford and expected to be taken early in Major League Baseball’s upcoming draft—his cousin’s party serves as a welcome distraction. But then, he sees the girl from Valentine’s Day that he saved from that horrific car accident and can’t quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him and not remember him at all. He vows to learn her name at least before he leaves. What’s the harm in getting to know this girl? What’s the worst that can happen?
They share this incredible connection, but fate soon tests these star-crossed lovers in all kinds of ways… And yet, despite the lies being told to protect the other, and the trappings of fame that continually separate them, and in lieu of the deception by those they’ve come to trust the most; one truth remains.
This much is true.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
LOVED IT!!!!!! I just finished reading The Sea of Tranquility for the second time. I have more to say, but I have to think about how to give my review the justice this book so deserves. Wow!!!
Finally wrote a review…
I LOVED this book. It’s so good that it’s staggering and almost makes it impossible for me to write myself. Almost.
My favorite line are these: “Daylight won’t protect you from anything. Bad things happen all the time; they don’t wait until after dinner.”
A powerful line indeed because it is the epitome of the story and where she is coming from so clearly.
And then, there is this one (a stunner line if there ever was one):
“I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I’m pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.”
Nastya is shattered in what would seem permanent ways; and then there’s Josh Bennett, who painstakingly seems to put her back together piece by piece. I also think Drew and Tierney do the same for her in different ways. I LOVED this book!!!!
I am a writer. I have a huge crush on Gillian Flynn because of Gone Girl and now Katja Millay because her writing and character development is at the perfection level like Flynn’s in a different way.
I’ve read enough New Adult or Mature Young Adult or whatever “they” want to call it these days to unequivocally state that The Sea of Tranquility outstrips them all. This book is so well written from its believable dialog to the exceptional first person point of view to pacing to plot development to story line that it could serve as a study guide for how good writing is done by any writer who desires to improve their own work by learning from Katja Millay.
As for readers, this book is a must-read because it’s incredible and captivating and the story will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.
I LOVED it!!!
The title is apropos ~ Thoughtless. It almost serves as a warning sign. I seriously thought about doing a DNF (did not finish) status, but I gutted it out hoping for resolution. It didn’t happen. I’m aware it is not a popular sentiment for this popular book. Read on, if you want.
SPOILER from here on out…
So. That wasn’t necessarily my problem with this book, I’ll keep to specifics here, while it is so fresh in my mind, because I really have to express my feelings about this book.
As a writer, I had these problems with Thoughtless:
underwhelming female character development
too much telling versus showing
too many scenes that did not move the story line forward
too much melodrama (described by Robert McKee in Story as: “Melodrama is not the result of overexpression, but of under motivation; not writing too big, but writing with too little desire.”) Yep; that about sums it up.
Kiera Allen – She’s 21, not seventeen, but she acts like she’s still in high school. She has two years of college under her belt and a great boyfriend; and yet, in the very first chapters, she is whining about the long car trip (they move from Ohio to Seattle) and missing her family. NONE of this side show stuff is followed upon. Her family, that she is so close to and would die without, doesn’t even factor into the book until late in the story, when her sister Anna comes and pulls the story line out of the muck that it’s fallen into by this point. I mean, within the first few chapters, she’s practically having sex with her boyfriend in a strange guy’s house and it turns out to be the bad boy rocker singing on stage that she was instantly attracted to. On what, page four? Where’s the love and devotion for Denny? I just never saw it. Ever.
Kiera has too many thoughts in her head and acts out sexually too many times to actually be considered a good girl. I had a problem with the whole I’m offended by swear words and yet cheating on Denny was no problem at all. It never really seemed to come back upon her. She never experienced guilt that I could see. So the whole offense of swear words just made her unbelievable as a character. OMG. And, her inability to make a decision about ANYTHING, including these two guys as well as what classes to take at the UW, which if she is two years in she would have a major, just didn’t ring true. Again. OMFG. I mean, my God, Kiera, make up your fucking mind already and move the fuck on.
Denny Harris is a non-factor. He starts out strong, but he is the oblivious Aussie from the get go and willingly leaves his supposedly plain girlfriend with his hot guy friend, Kellan Kyle, while he goes off for job in Tucson for a few months. The whole angle of intermittent phone calls was never explained. Why was Denny drifting from Kiera? Why? I thought there might be something with the other character Jenny in the story line, but no. Nothing. In the end, we find out Denny’s not quite that stupid, but he certainly took his chances with leaving Kiera knowing full well what Kellan was like around all women.
Kellan Kyle, the only redeeming character in the story, who saves this story from the dregs of repetitiveness and the long boring descriptions (I don’t need to know what everyone is wearing in every flipping scene). It’s HIS story line about his childhood and his own personal character change/arc that takes place in the story that Stevens did get right.
This book got picked up by a traditional publisher that just published the story as is and I found numerous mistakes, two of which involved Kellan being referred to as Kyle. WTF.
Anyway, this story line is an interesting one. It’s amazing that I would say that after all I just said before; huh? It just got mishandled. This book should have been about half as long. A good edit would take out all the unnecessary scenes and get rid of the telling versus showing sections that took place throughout the book, especially at the end.
Most readers will love it. They’ll ignore their inexplicable dislike for the heroine and focus solely on their insta-love for the bad boy rocker, Kellan Kyle. And, who could blame them?